The Foley City Council will meet in a joint regular/work session at 4 p.m. on May 16 at city hall. During the meeting, the council will:
Read a proclamation for Building Safety Month in recognition of local building code officials.
Bestow upon Linda Koniar “the highest appreciation by the city of Foley” for her 50 years of working with the Foley Performing Arts Association, Art in the Park, helping with the selection of students for scholarships and organizing countless receptions through the years. Koniar also helped fund an art teacher for Foley Elementary before the county established an art teaching unit there and promoted Poetry Alive with performers for 11 South Baldwin Schools. On May 7, the new pocket park by the Foley Art Center was dedicated to Linda Koniar.
Discuss a cleanup day for the Mills Community.
Discuss a partnership with Foley High School for joint use for track and practice fields.
Consider expense vouchers for the month of April in the amount of $3.9 million.
Receive a report on bids for projects that were recommended during April. The city considered bids to Tamis Corp. for $49,914 for barricades, a bid to Avery Landscape for $621,360 for improvements to the Centennial Fountain and Rose Trail, a bid to Stuart Construction for $544,000 for the Foley Pride Pocket Park and a bid to Security 101 for $128,189 for jail control systems. All four are expected to be voted on in the May 16 meeting.
Receive a report on sales tax collections for April which totaled nearly $1.1 million, lower by about $4,000 from April of 2021.
Receive a report from Community Development about building permits and inspections through April of the current fiscal year that began Oct. 1. There were 359 permits for single family houses, six for duplex and 88 for multi-family for a total of 453. That is less than April of 2021 which had 401 single family permits, none for duplexes and 190 for multi-family for a total of 591.
Receive a report from the police department on April activity including 98 arrests with 16 felony charges and 330 prisoners were processed through the city jail during the month with the highest population at one time of 42 and a low of 30.
Receive a report from the fire department which had 204 total incidents during the month with the majority – about 33 percent – for medical assist or assist invalid with 67 calls. There were 28 calls for motor vehicle accidents.
Have a first reading and public hearing to discuss rescinding several ordinances with a new proposed land development ordinance. Connected to this item is a proposed moratorium on land disturbance permits until the new ordinance is enacted. It has to have two public readings and public hearings before the council can vote on the change.
Consider an ordinance to annex a right of way from U.S. 98 on the north to County Road 26 on the south into the city under a request from Keystone Development. There are 120 acres on either side of the right of way and is now owned by Keystone.
Consider a resolution to declare outdated computer software and other IT assets as surplus.
Discuss a contract with Baskerville-Donovan for $84,900 to design turn lane improvements and additions to the State Route 59 and Fern Avenue intersection.
Discuss approving an application for $1,000 from the Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program for the police department. The money will be used for public relations and community activities like the Citizen’s Police Academy and Kids Camps.
Discuss a resolution transferring $5,000 in personnel funds from the Street Department to Public Works for payment of part-time workers.
Discuss a resolution authorizing an amendment to the pay classification plan in the police department with the goal of adding four support services positions. The support staff would free up sworn officers from duties in traffic control, school zones, dog kennel maintenance, jail support, courtroom security, special events and maintaining support equipment. The council will need to spend money for vehicles for the new positions and the police department asked for $125,000 for the vehicles.
Discuss a resolution to purchase, install and configure new server and storage infrastructure for the city’s data center. Several of the current servers are eight years old and some are 12 years old or older. This project is budgeted for $251,500 and will be funded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Discuss a resolution approving the purchase of 14 in-car video systems from AXON Enterprise for $30,457. There was $20,000 budgeted for the systems and the police department is asking for $11,000 more to cover the cost.
Discuss transferring a custodian’s pay from the Municipal Complex budget to Nature and Parks including a transfer of $21,245 to the parks department.
Discuss buying Vita Course equipment for Nature and Parks for $5,801. The outdoor fitness equipment will be placed along the existing Memorial Tree Trail along Wolf Bay Drive.
Discuss approving an application for a grant from Impact 100 Baldwin County for $109,000 with no local match required. The money will be used to buy a van for outreach programs at the Foley Library including providing door-to-door material deliveries to the elderly, physically challenged, injured or home-schooled families as well as assisting with electronic device.
Discuss a resolution to build two multipurpose fields at the U.S. 98 soccer complex for $1.2 million and approving going out to bid for base, sand and lighting installation.
Discuss a resolution approving a contract with Volkert for a Foley school zone pedestrian improvement study for Foley Elementary, Mathis Elementary and Foley Middle School for $19,500.
Discuss approving a façade grant for Hollis/Orange Blossom square for $35,850.
Discuss amending the pay plan for the Recreation Department to eliminate one field maintenance worker 1e slot and adding a field maintenance worker 2 position. The action is budget neutral.